He was probably the most soft-spoken faculty member of HHS during my years there. Always impeccably dressed with a very stiffly starched collar, and shoes tha that looked like mine did in the army when we "spit-shined" our shoes. Mr. Phillips was in the Science department, and he doubled as a school "detective," nailing any one of us who chose to smoke a cigarette around the school. We were allowed to smoke, but we had to go out "past the 3rd pole" on Park Avenue.
Mr. Phillips was the consummate gentleman, except when he caught one of us in violation of the rules of the school. Hence, the rather un-complimentary nickname, "Sneakey Pete."